Directory of MOOC providers

There's a growing interest in MOOCs among many of the people I encounter these days – some simply fascinated by their novelty value  and others genuinely interested in trying out one of the courses on offer.  The big providers like Coursera and EdX get lots of publicity in this regard, but it's interesting to note the increasing number of providers emerging from across all areas of the education sector now moving into the MOOC space.  So today I was interested to see a tweet out about a new MOOC provider directory that lists a whole range of providers at different levels of … Continue reading Directory of MOOC providers

Online video resources

Last week I attended the KidzattheCentre conference in New Plymouth, hosted by the Taranaki APs and DPs association. It was a most enjoyable time amongst a group of people with an obvious passion for what they do and a desire to learn more to improve and develop what is happening in their schools. One of the delegates shared with me some exciting things that had happened in his school with one of his staff who had introduced some of the Khan videos to his students to help them understand a range of mathematical concepts when they were finding it difficult … Continue reading Online video resources

The future is open I've just been watching the TED video above of Don Tapscott sharing his four principles for the open world: Collaboration – organisations becoming more porous, open and fluid Transparency – greater visibility of what is going on Sharing – giving away assetts in order to achieve/gain more Empowerment – the disaggregation of power, an open world brings freedom It's an excellent summary from Don of what he's written about in his books, Wikinomics and Macrowikinomics, both enduring favourites of mine because of the stories that are told in them and the thoughts that are stimulated as a result.  Don's … Continue reading The future is open

Exploring the technologies for OER

I've been presenting workshops at several conferences recently where the issue of open education resources has been discussed, building on some of the ideas shared in my Ten Trends feature on openness. While for many the appeal of OERs has been through the availability (and consumption) of free-to-use resources as an alternative to the conventional copyright protected resources we've been used to, there is a growing trend now towards the re-use of these resources, and the creation and contribution of resources to this pool. So it is with interest that I noted the release of the publication titled A report … Continue reading Exploring the technologies for OER

New TED website released for education

[youtube After more than a year of planning and dreaming, the folks at TED are today launching their TED-Ed website, a new open platform for using video in education.   It allows any teacher to take a video of their choice (yes, any video on YouTube, not just from TED) and make it the heart of a "lesson" that can easily be assigned in class or as homework, complete with context, follow-up questions and further resources.  The site is in beta, but there's enough there to show the potential of the new format.   This whole process is explained … Continue reading New TED website released for education

Mix and Mash

A big thank  you to the National LIbrary for publishing this guide providing information, activities and ideas to confidently create a remix from material you know you have the rights to reuse. The guide shows students why copyright and licensing exist, how they work, and how they can apply licences to their own work through simple information, suggestions for activities, and links to more resources. By using it, you and your students will be able to participate in the global remix community while demonstrating creativity and integrity. These are all important skills and understandings for students to learn about – and … Continue reading Mix and Mash

Entitlement I had the privilege of interviewing Lawrence Lessig at the NetHui 2011 event in Auckland a couple of months ago.  I've blogged my reflections about this previously, including the links to the presentation that Lawrence gave, in which he explored the concept of 'entitlement' as it applies in an increasingly digital world, where freedom of access to information, including the ability to re-use and re-purpose that information is regarded as a fundamental 'right'. Lessig uses this argument to promote his views about traditional forms of copyright, and the use of a creative commons license as an alternative.  In the … Continue reading Entitlement

Copyright and creative commons

I had the opportunity to interview Lawrence Lessig at the recent NetHui and ask him some questions relating specifically to how schools might think about the issue of creative commons licensing, and the practical steps they might take should they decide to go down that track. Thanks to my colleagues at CORE the video is now available on EdTalks. The issue is not only about how schools might license materials they develop (both students and teachers), but also how they manage the access and use (re-use) of existing materials, such as when students want to incorporate images or text from … Continue reading Copyright and creative commons

Data, data, data…

There’s certainly a lot being written at the moment about the significance of data in our lives. With the advent of advanced networks, virtualisation and cloud computing, massive (and cheap) storage etc., together with the ever increasing demands for storing large, multimedia files, we’re beginning to see a completely different perspective on data stemming from concerns such as.. what data do we need to store and manage? how long do we need to keep it for? where will it be stored? what format(s) will it be stored in? who can access it? what about backup, support, failover etc.? what can … Continue reading Data, data, data…

Challenges, changes and trends 2011

Challenges, change and trends 2011 View more presentations from Derek Wenmoth. I spent the weekend preparing a presentation that I’ll be using with some of the clusters I speak with at the beginning of the year – titled “Challenges, change and trends in 2011”. It is framed around four key questions: Who are our learners? What are we preparing them for? How are we preparing them for this? What are the implications of connectivity for learning and schooling? I’ve drawn on the Horizon Report 2010 (NZ-Aus edition) and provided links to illustrations of each of the trends. I’ve also created … Continue reading Challenges, changes and trends 2011